Knowing Your Daffodils
Daffodils are versatile flowers that can add much-needed colour to your garden.
More often than not, Daffodils are yellow in colour and come in a variety of different shades and styles. While the varieties of Daffodils are similar, each type has its own characteristics that make it special, which means you have a number of options when it comes to choosing the right Daffodils for your garden.
When planted in a suitable position in your garden, Daffodils will multiply year after year, providing a springtime display that continually surprises and impresses. With this in mind, it’s important to choose a category of Daffodil that works for your taste and garden.
With so many different types of Daffodils to choose from, knowing what’s on offer is key to choosing the right varieties for your garden. Here are some of our favourites.
Different Kinds of Daffodils
There are dozens of Daffodil species and thousands of cultivars on the market. Common garden varieties can be broken down into a few main types, as follows.
Despite thousands of Daffodils in Australia, Single Daffodils are often what people imagine when they think of Daffodils. Representing spring, Single Daffodils are predominantly yellow with slight variations in shades and a variety of different styles.
Single Daffodils look best when planted together under deciduous trees, relying on the late winter and early spring sun to blossom.
Trumpet Daffodils are a type of single daffodil with large blooms in a variety of shapes and colours. With only one flower to a stem and trumpets that are as long, if not longer than their petals, Trumpet Daffodils are extremely popular amongst Daffodil enthusiasts.
Trumpet Daffodils are some of the earliest to bloom and are extremely strong and healthy when planted in the right soil and properly taken care of. Trumpet Daffodils are perfect for naturalising, meaning they can thrive in areas in which they are not indigenous. However, these Daffodils grow best in colder climates.
Butterfly Daffodils are a beautiful, yet a surprising (in terms of appearance) alternative to the traditional yellow flower. A butterfly Daffodil is unique in its appearance, having a relaxed cup or trumpet which folds back to open across the petals.
Butterfly Daffodils are one of the many types of Daffodils that look excellent as a freshly cut flower, flourishing as a centrepiece inside your home. They are also visually pleasing when planted in clumps under trees and mixed with other bulbs that flower in spring.
Like other types of Daffodils, Butterfly Daffodils will multiply each year, bringing more vibrancy and colour to your garden.
Double Daffodils are admired for their double layers of petals or their double and split trumpets. Oftentimes, Double Daffodils can feature both, and often in striking and contrasting colours.
From a glance, these delightful Daffodils often make it difficult to distinguish the cups from the petals, with the centre of the flower often holding a bouquet of petals within itself. On rare occasions, Double Daffodils can often have two flowers per stem, adding to the allure of these beautiful flowers.
Double Daffodils are often fragrant and are stunning when freshly cut.
Miniature Daffodils are perfect for gardens of any shape or size. These Daffodils look magnificent in both compact, tight areas or mass planted in clumps around the bases of trees, which means no matter your garden, Miniature Daffodils are a great choice.
To add to their attractive appearance, Miniature Daffodils have multiple flowers per stem and a number of stems per bulb, which ensures weeks of flowering and stunning colour in your garden.
Miniature Daffodils can be potted very easily and survive well in pot plants when watered properly.
Pink Daffodils shine in any garden and are highly sought after.
Standing out from other Daffodils, Pink Daffodils come in striking shades of salmon and peach that differentiate themselves from the traditional yellow, white and orange shades.
Pink Daffodils, like other types of Daffodils, look stunning when planted in clumps and are at their best colouring when the hot afternoon sun is projecting onto them.
Caring for Daffodils
For tips on growing Daffodils, read our article here, but here’s a brief rundown:
One of the great things about Daffodils is that the bulbs multiply on their own. However, after a few years you may start to notice reduced flowering and less overall vitality, which can be caused by overcrowding. To combat this, it can be beneficial to lift and divide the bulbs every few years to give them more space and remove old or damaged bulbs.
When it comes to watering different varieties of Daffodils, natural rainfall is sufficient in areas that are not in drought. If you have noticed that autumn and late spring have been particularly dry seasons, it is important to keep your Daffodils moist by watering them yourself.
To ensure you have a healthy Daffodil bulb for the following year, it is best to feed your Daffodils just as they have finished flowering, ensuring that they have been fed well before the petals begin dying off. Daffodils can benefit from a well-balanced fertiliser with a ratio of NPK 6:6:6.
Order your Daffodil bulbs today
No matter your tastes or the amount of space you have in your garden, there is a type of Daffodil out there for you. Garden Express has a huge range of Daffodil bulbs available now, ready to be planted in your garden in time for flowering in spring. Browse our selection online for more ideas!